For Adult 18+ audiences
Jared Hartley is happy. He has a starring role in a popular West End musical, great friends, adoring fans and his own flat in Central London. A relationship is not something he has ever really wanted. Making big plans for the future is not in his nature – Jared is content with his single status and enjoying all the benefits of that lifestyle.
He doesn’t even realise something is missing in his life.
Until he meets Fenix.
Fenix Bergman has a dream – to perform on Broadway. When he gets offered the lead role in Poison – a new musical based in London, he accepts, immediately recognising the huge potential of the show.
Fenix thinks he has his life completely figured out – he will move to London, help Poison become the new West End hit and bide his time until Broadway comes knocking on his door. He has never wished for anything else but proving to himself and the world that he is a performer worthy of the biggest theatre stage.
Until he meets Jared.
Jared and Fenix’s lives collide and they fill each other’s missing pieces. Neither of them expects to feel so much, so fast for the other.
Neither of them expects to need someone so badly when love hasn’t even been in their plans.
But when Fenix’s star becomes too bright for London, will the dream he’s chased all his life ruin the dream he’s holding in his hands?
Will he survive getting everything he’s ever wanted?
*explicit sexual content, graphic language and adult themes. Recommended for readers 18+ only*
The idea for Dance was born in a single day when a lot of things happened almost at once – I went to a West End musical, saw the cover photo and listened to Fall Out Boy’s ‘Save Rock and Roll’ album for the first time. That album is the biggest musical inspiration for the book. I listened to it the whole time while writing and imagined ‘Poison’ as a Fall Out Boy inspired musical.
‘The Phoenix’ is Fenix’s song. It fits him so well! That last scene in the musical, the one from the cover shot, I imagined it with ‘My songs know what you did in the dark’ playing in the background. And there were a few days when I couldn’t listen to ‘Just One Yesterday’ without imagining Jared heartbroken and alone.
Shortly after I finished writing Dance, I went to see Fall Out Boy live and it was such an amazing experience. I felt their songs were already such a huge part of me, of my characters, of the story, that it felt different than every other live show I’ve seen.
I also listened to Fall Out Boy’s ‘Infinity On High’ a lot. I rediscovered that album while writing Dance. I hadn’t listened to it in ages and I remembered how much I used to love it. It was like rereading my favourite book and discovering some things I’ve missed the first time around.
I did listen to other music besides Fall Out Boy while writing. I have a new band crush, and lead singer crush, in the face of New Politics and their lead singer David Boyd. They are awesome! And David... God, the man is wild! They were supporting Fall Out Boy on their tour and I saw them live, too, and let me tell you – I’d pay just to see them next time! They sound incredible and David is a natural entertainer.
For the quieter moments in the book, I felt like I needed calmer music, which is not usually my style. I listened to a lot of Lorde, Ed Sheeran and Imagine Dragons, as well as BBC Radio One Live Lounge albums.
Here’s the full playlist for Dance.
- The Phoenix – Fall Out Boy
- My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark - Fall Out Boy
- Alone Together - Fall Out Boy
- Where Did The Party Go - Fall Out Boy
- Just One Yesterday - Fall Out Boy
- The Mighty Fall - Fall Out Boy
- Miss Missing You - Fall Out Boy
- Death Valley - Fall Out Boy
- Young Volcanoes - Fall Out Boy
- Rat A Tat - Fall Out Boy
- Save Rock And Roll - Fall Out Boy
- Monster – Imagine Dragons
- Me, I’m not – Nine Inch Nails
- Royals – Lorde
- Kiss me – Ed Sheeran
- Grade 8 – Ed Sheeran
- Yeah, Yeah, Yeah – New Politics
- Tonight You’re Perfect – New Politics
- Harlem – New Politics
- Seaside – The Kooks
- Loverboy – You Me At Six
- Underdog – You Me At Six
Hi, my name is Teodora and I live in London with my husband Ted and my son Jason. I've been writing ever since I can remember, but it became my full time job in 2010 when I decided that everything else I've tried bores me to death and I have to do what I've always wanted to do, but never had the guts to fully embrace. I've been a journalist, an editor, a personal assistant and an interior designer among another things, but as soon as the novelty of the new, exciting job wears off, I always go back to writing. Being twitchy, impatient, loud and hasty are not qualities that help a writer, because I have to sit alone, preferably still, and write for most of the day, but I absolutely love it. It's the only time that I'm truly at peace and the only thing I can do for more than ten minutes at a time - my son has a bigger attention span than me.
When I'm procrastinating, I like to go to the gym, cook Italian meals (and eat them), read, listen to rock music, watch indie movies and True Blood re-runs. Or, in the worst case scenario, get beaten at every Wii game by a six year old.
Well, this is a first for me.
I love and adore Teodora Kostova's writing and literally can't wait for the next thing she is going to publish.
So, when I found out it was M/M, I was a little scared. Not because of her talent..but becuase this will be my first time reading it.
Now, as you start Dance, you immediately meet Fenix. I absolutely love the name and he is such a sensational character. He draws you in to his life; feeling his passions and desires. He is full of life and ambition...you instantly feel the pull to root for everything he does.
But, then, in walks Jared and we get to hear all about him from Fenix. And you just know that it is going to get HOT!!!
And let me tell you..it gets SCORCHING HOT!!!
Thankfully Dance is told in dualing POVs, so we get to be inside both Fenix and Jared's heads.
So, as these two meet we get to experience everything. You literally are able to feel the attraction oozing off the pages.
I mean...HOT DAYUM!!!
It is a romance that is ignited quickly and explodes in to so much more.
You are riding high with them...enjoying all their sizzling interludes...*fans self*
And the...BAM...not everything can stay perfect...Ultimately life comes crashing in and Fenix and Jared make some hard decisions...
I was so angry at the choices made. I understood, yet I just did not agree...
My heart broke and all I can remember is the ache in my chest, patiently waiting...hoping....for life to change for these two...
Did I get my HEA??
Well, I am not going to tell ya..
You will need to read this book to discover the amazing, beautiful love story found in these pages. *wink, wink*
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